LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The action-packed sixth installment of the "Fast & Furious" film franchise claimed victory at the North American box office for the three-day U.S. Memorial Day weekend on Monday, and became the biggest opening film in Universal Pictures' history.
"The Hangover III" is out this weekend, and if you're hoping for a raucous return to the series, the third installment isn't receiving rave reviews. Currently, the sequel is getting poor reception as a heavily darker, less funny end to the series.
Summer is when Hollywood studios roll out their heavyweight contenders and look for knockouts. There are 41 movies set for wide release between May and August this year, and the overall box office is expected to exceed last year’s $4.3 billion.
The big screen's most famous ogre might have good reason to be grumpy this weekend.
"Shrek Forever After," the fourth and purportedly final installment of DreamWorks Animation's money-minting series, could very well be the first since 2001's original "Shrek" to open to less than $100 million.
Oscar contender "Hidden Figures" won the weekend box office for a second straight week taking in an estimated $20.45 million ($25.3 million by Monday), according to boxofficepro.com, but the real story over this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is how poorly the new releases did. And we mean historically awful.